Brian Horsfield about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing

April 2013, Interview

Brian Horsfield about SHIP

August 2012, Video (4:27) 

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is partner of the Science Year 2012 “Project Earth: Our Future”.


Induced seismicity once again primarily focused on disposal wells


Induced Seismicity

Presentation of the publication “The 2001-Present Induced Earthquake Sequence in the Raton Basin of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado,” by Prof. Dr. Horst Rüter The article by Justin L. Rubinstein, William L. Ellsworth, Arthur McCarr and[...]read more

SHIP is looking for new sponsors



New sponsors are urgently needed to continue the Shale Gas Information Platform, SHIP. SHIP seeks new sponsors who are willing to openly declare their support for the reporting of facts when it comes to shale gas. SHIP wishes not to receive support[...]read more

New numbers on well integrity failures


Water Protection, Operations

The biggest environmental concern with shale gas exploration and production is water contamination. Whether or not hydraulic fracturing causes methane contamination of drinking water remains to be proved (Davies, 2011), although the possibility[...]read more

USGS released new National Produced Waters Geochemical Database


Water Protection

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released its new Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer, an online platform that provides valuable information on a comprehensive list of chemicals, including major elements, trace elements,[...]read more

Water availability could potentially limit shale resource development on six continents.


Water Protection

Governments and businesses using hydraulic fracturing to develop shale gas could face intense water competition in the world’s largest reserves, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute* (WRI). The report is the first publicly[...]read more

Fracking in perspective: collection of peer reviewed articles regarding environmental impact of fracking



The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes articles that cover the science associated with the subject of hydraulic fracturing as well as a variety of views and opinions from all sides of the debate. As a journal wanting to inform and encourage debate[...]read more

German National Academy of Science and Engineering publishes a report on hydraulic fracturing



The German National Academy of Science and Engineering* (acatech) has instituted the project, "Hydraulic Fracturing – a debated technology”. This available report from the project, in which leading scientists from the Helmholtz Centre – German[...]read more

NDR questions burning water taps from ‘Gasland’



The German NDR TV channel broadcasted the show “Excessive panic? The bad image of fracking” on 2 September 2014. The 10-minute-long show questions, among other things, the statements of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal[...]read more

A comprehensive well data portal:


Generic provides data, news and history on oil and gas wells from the United States and Canada. Currently, the site provides data on some 420,000 wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with a special emphasis on unconventional shale wells in[...]read more

Newsletter July/August 2014



Dear Reader,Today we would like to inform you about some of the latest news on SHIP. The German Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Economics have agreed on key principles in the regulation of fracking. Additionally, the German[...]read more

German Federal Environment Agency publishes 2nd fracking study


Generic, Water Protection, Induced Seismicity, Climate Impact, Hydraulic Fracturing

On July 30, the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) published its second survey [available in German] on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing for the exploration and production of natural gas with particular emphasis on shale gas[...]read more

Induced seismicity linked to wastewater injection is said to make up around 20% of total seismicity within the USA.


Induced Seismicity

Author: Prof.Dr. Horst Rüter In an article that attracted a lot of press attention Keranen et al. (2014) take a closer look at the strong increase in seismicity in Oklahoma and therefore also in the central and eastern USA, something that has been[...]read more

Comment on ‘Hydraulic fracture height limits and fault interactions in tight oil and gas formations’


Water Protection

Author: Dr. Bernd Wiese A short summary of the paper: Flewelling et al., 2013, propose a worst-case scenario approach to determine the maximum possible hydraulic fracture height in tight oil and gas formations. The analysis is carried out in two[...]read more

IASS Workshop: Video Interviews with Shale Gas Experts



The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) organised a workshop on “Shale Gas in Europe: A Transdisciplinary Approach” on May 21st and 22nd 2014. The participants came from Germany, the USA, the UK, France, Poland and Ukraine, and[...]read more

Geological Society of London organized lecture on shale gas and “fracking”


Hydraulic Fracturing, Induced Seismicity, Water Protection

The Geological Society of London* organizes monthly geoscience lectures with invited experts as speakers. In April 2014, Professor Richard Davies from the University of Durham gave a talk titled “Fracked or fiction: so what are the risks associated[...]read more

American oil and natural gas industry association issues unconventional production community engagement standard


Operations, Generic

On July 9, 2014, the American Petroleum Institute (API) published a first-of-its-kind industry standard for community engagement in areas of the country where horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened new energy development[...]read more

Announcement of the key principles of the fracking regulation in Germany


Legislation, Generic

The German Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Economics have agreed on key principles in the regulation of fracking. These are the most stringent principles that have ever been in place in Germany in this area. In the[...]read more

PSE published a science summary about contamination associated with shale gas production


Water Protection

PSE* published the original article in March 2014 and is with permission reproduced on SHIP. Surface and groundwater contamination associated with modern natural gas development Documentation of water contamination associated with modern natural[...]read more

SHIP breaks page visit record



The Shale Gas Information Platform SHIP counted more than 10,100 page visits in May 2014! And the "secret" to its rising success - balanced fact-based news and unbiased discussions laid out in easy to understand terms for all stakeholders[...]read more

Newsletter June 2014



Dear Reader,Today we would like to inform you about some of the latest news on SHIP. Two new expert articles by Prof. Dr. Horst Rueter from HarbourDom Consulting are available on SHIP. The presented articles deal with induced seismicity in the[...]read more

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